OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALLIST SHIN JAE-HWAN FINISHES FOURTH ON VAULT IN HANGZHOU

Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medallist Shin Jae-hwan (25, Jecheoncheon) was unable to reach the podium at the Asian Games. Shin scored an average of 14.149 points in the first and second periods of the men’s vault final at the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games at the Huanglong Sports Centre Gymnasium in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, China, on Monday .He finished in fourth place behind Wataru Tanigawa of Japan (15.016 points), Mahdi Allfati (Iran – 14.783 points) and Muhammad Shahrul (Malaysia – 14.466 points).Shin won the vault at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in 2021, giving Korean gymnastics its second Olympic gold medal in nine years and its first since Yang Hak-sun (vault) at London 2012.In the first period of the day, Shin performed a difficult 6.0 “yonekura” (a three-and-a-half-turn twist off the vault while holding the vault on its side).Of the eight finalists, only Shin and winner Tanigawa were the only two to attempt a 6.0.However, after a spectacular leap into the air, Shin couldn’t keep up with the speed on landing and landed hesitantly on the mat, taking a big step backwards and landing on his arse .He was penalised 0.3 points and scored 13.766.In the second period, Shin scored 14.533 points for a technique with a difficulty level of 5.2 and an execution score of 9.333. The difficulty level was much lower than in the first period, so even a high performance score was not enough to boost his overall average. “I prepared hard for this competition, but I had regrets from the first round,” Shin said in the joint press area after the competition, adding, “I will not be intimidated by this competition and will become a player who can grow further.” Regarding his choice to perform a 5.2 skill in the second phase instead of the 5.6 difficulty level ‘Yeo 2’ (two and a half spins in the air), Shin explained, “I had to learn a new skill instead of the old one because the rules of the International Gymnastics Federation changed.” “My brother Kim Han-sol (Seoul Metropolitan Government), who won the gold medal the day before, played a lot of jokes to help me relax and helped me a lot, but I 스포츠토토 regretted it today,” he said.

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